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Mike Barham Mike Barham from Maryville, TN wrote on June 11, 2019 at 4:19 pm:
I, actually, met met RW Ed lying in a bed in Prince William County hospital. He didn't know me and I didn't know him. I was told in a lodge meeting that he was there and could receive visitors. The next day I went to his room and introduced myself to him. That was the beginning of a wonderful relationship and friendship. For almost five years that I lived in Manassas, VA Ed was a true mentor. I loved being a part of the Tuesday morning coffee club and ritual practice at Hay Market Lodge. Thank you, Ed. You taught me, so much, more than Masonic ritual. You will be love and missed by all who's lives you touched. I know God has a special seat in His kingdom for you. Your work here is done, my brother.
Ben May Ben May from FAIRFAX wrote on May 28, 2019 at 10:46 pm:
God Bless this man, he was instrumental in my Masonic journey. He is with the grand architect of this world may he have peace and finally rest. I have very fond memories of the new masons that came into the lodge sitting around listening to his wisdom and guidance at the tables when dinner was served. We have lost a legend in masonry and we will never forget what he did and hopefully he will look down upon us and say, " we did not do that in my year" May his family find peace and always know that the Masonic family will always be there for them always.
Bill Robinson Bill Robinson wrote on May 25, 2019 at 9:29 am:
By my estimate Ed Ray have approximately 100,000 hours of his life attending lodge meetings to teaching the Work to brothers over a wide area of Prince William and surrounding counties. This estimate does not include time spent teaching ritual in his home so much so the brothers called it “The Grand Lodge of Catharpin” where he lived. It was rumored that his wife, Carole, new more of it than anyone of the rest of us although I don’t know if that is legion or not, but it gives us an idea of her support to us. Nobody knew the Work better than Ed. More than that he taught us the traditions of Craft and how to observe them in our personal life and to be able to preserve them and so we can pass them it down to future generations of Masons. Ed was “The Keeper of the Craft” who will sorely be missed. We are thankful to the Grand Architect of the Universe for letting us have him for his 91 years. RIP Rt. Worshipful William Edward Ray, Sr.
Don Schupp Don Schupp wrote on May 25, 2019 at 9:28 am:
I will always remember Ed as someone with a gruff exterior, but a heart of gold! I was referred to him when I came to Virginia Masonry from another jurisdiction and wanted to learn the MM catechism. I was not sure what to expect at first as he seemed to cranky in Lodge. However, I soon came to love and respect him as a father figure who was truly interested in my advancement in Masonry. He mentored me all the way through my year as Master of Mt. Carmel. He made sure I could confer all three degrees and knew all the lectures. I was so proud he was the Installing Officer for my installation. Almost everything I know about Masonry, I owe to him. His departure leaves a mighty big hole in my heart and I miss him terribly!
Steve Sylvester Steve Sylvester wrote on May 24, 2019 at 7:41 pm:
When I was a steward way back in 2001 or so, I quickly learned that you better have some cherry pie and chocolate ice cream after the meeting or there would be some not so quiet council spoken in my ear from Ed.
Kevin Hall Kevin Hall wrote on May 23, 2019 at 10:03 pm:
After deciding to return to being an active Freemason, I went to lodge at Hay Market 313. One of the first people I met was RW Ed. Ed did not care how long I had been away from Masonry, nor did he particularly care about where I was raised (although he did call me "Iowa" from time to time), he just wanted to help teach me in any way possible. Long on bark, but memorable for all the right reasons. We'll all miss you Ed, but your teaching lives on.
Charles Darley Charles Darley wrote on May 23, 2019 at 9:20 pm:
Most worshipful Bill Hershey bestowed Ed’s 60th Masonic Birthday and my 50th on the same night. I was hoping that Ed and I could share his 70th and my 60th on the same night again, but our Grand Architect had a different plan for Ed. Ed has laid aside his working tools and now rests with his maker in the Celestial Lodge. He was a good man loved by all and lived by the current Master’s motto ‘he did good to all’ and he now rests In peace till we meet again in that lodge “not made by hands” eternal in the heavens. May Carol and the rest of his family knowing where he is now and who is with find comfort on this sad occasion.
Luis Rodas Amarilla Luis Rodas Amarilla wrote on May 23, 2019 at 9:19 pm:
I’m very sad to hear of the passing of Ed Ray. He was a great mentor and he helped raise me as a MM. I will always remember him and keep him in my heart. My condolences to his family for their loss.
Jerry Hampton Jerry Hampton wrote on May 23, 2019 at 9:18 pm:
As with many many others, I am grateful to Ed for teaching me much of my Virginia ritual. He had to put up with me unlearning Illinois ritual to get the Virginia in. He was a great teacher, man, and Mason. I am grateful to have been able to call him Brother. Ed will be greatly missed. I'm am so sorry not to be able to be there to honor him and say goodby for now Brother. My sincere condolences to Carol and the rest of his family on their loss.
Larry Barker Larry Barker wrote on May 23, 2019 at 9:16 pm:
I believe I had the distinction of being Ed Ray’s final student. He spent much of last year teaching me the MM lecture, which I gave for the first time, last month. I came to know him well, and I will miss him.
Jon Kraut Jon Kraut wrote on May 23, 2019 at 9:15 pm:
One of the guys I remember most since the first time I became an EA at 182. He always had fun and was a great brother to all. You will be missed, my friend. Rest In Peace brother
Chuck Benson Chuck Benson wrote on May 23, 2019 at 9:15 pm:
Very sad to hear this news. Ed, Bill, Bill and Don all spent hours teaching to me and the other young brothers the craft in the late 90's. I will spend days thinking about Ed and the great fellowship of the brothers in the Lodge.
Dave Bowman Dave Bowman wrote on May 23, 2019 at 9:14 pm:
I had the honor of being the Master of Haymarket Masonic Lodge in 1996. I give all the credit to being your Master to Ed Ray. He had the patience of Job working with me. We would go down into his basement and work until he could tell I was done, then we would play with his trains. The Masonic Family of 313 has lost a real leader. He was a real Jewel.
Jay Skinner Jay Skinner wrote on May 23, 2019 at 9:13 pm:
He helped me immensely when I was starting out in the Craft, and honored me by asking me to be a Steward when he served in the East. A short few years later he was instrumental in my installation as Worshipful Master for 1985. Rest in Peace, dear friend.
Charles Smith Charles Smith wrote on May 23, 2019 at 9:11 pm:
A true loss to the Masonic Order. Was a good friend and teacher. He will be missed.
Toby Williams Toby Williams wrote on May 23, 2019 at 9:10 pm:
This truly is a loss to Masonry and will sorely be missed by his brothers at Hay Market, but I am sure he will have a great time correcting St. Peter over anything he gets wrong at the gate.
Scott R. Johnson Scott R. Johnson from Culpeper, VA wrote on May 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm:
I had many that helped me advance to a Master Mason but the wisdom and knowledge RW Ed shared and imparted will forever be cherished. He had a unique way of inspiring you to do your best and be your best. I will never forget the conversations with him and the way he could explain meaning to what was being learned from years of experience. Bless you RW and may you Rest In Peace with the Great Architect. We will see you again and your presence will always be felt wherever Masons meet.
Jerry Hampton Jerry Hampton from Mt. Vernon, IL wrote on May 22, 2019 at 7:45 pm:
As with many many others, I am grateful to Ed for teaching me much of my Virginia ritual. He had to put up with me unlearning Illinois ritual to get the Virginia in. He was a great teacher, man, and Mason. I am grateful to have been able to call him Brother. Ed will be greatly missed. I'm am so sorry not to be able to be there to honor him and say goodby for now Brother. My sincere condolences to Carol and the rest of his family on their loss.
Dave Bowman Dave Bowman from Midlothian wrote on May 22, 2019 at 6:01 pm:
My family and I moved to Haymarket in 1991. I started my Masonic travels in Covington, Va. When we purchased our home on Venus Court, we kept passing Lodge 313. I visited one called meeting and was hooked and transferred my affiliation. After going through the chairs, I responded to the East in 1996. I knew Ed and respected him greatly prior to meeting with him on a very regular basis prior to taking the East. I would arrive at his home, visit with Carol for a few minutes and then Ed would give me the signal that it was time to go around to the basement. As I stated in an email last night, Ed has the patience of Job when it came to working with me. After about an hour of practice, he would shut us down and we spent the rest of our special time together playing with his trains. RW Ed, you are a Masons Mason and May you Rest In Peace and continue to play with your trains.
Paul Lockhart Paul Lockhart from Bealeton wrote on May 22, 2019 at 2:16 pm:
I was new to Mt. Carmel Lodge in 2006 and was the Junior Deacon. Rt. Wor. Ed was our Lodge Instructor of Work. Each time I either checked or closed the door, or West Gate with my left hand, Ed would let me know, in the most friendly manner, "Paul, this is a right handed Lodge!" Rt. Wor. Ed, not only made me a better Mason, like so many Brothers, before and after me, he taught me how to be the Master of my Lodge. The countless hours he spent with me, I will treasure for the rest of my life. Rt. Wor. Ed always checked up on me and would ask how his girl friend was doing. I would reply that Mari was doing fine. It wasn't until a couple of years ago, Mari had told me that Ed had talked with her to let her know that as Master of the Lodge, I was going to be very busy with the Lodge. If she could, try to be at as many of the events that I had planned. He let her know that would be very supportive for me. Needless to say, Mari thought the world of Ed. Ed, my Brother and my mentor, I will dearly miss you.